The Rutgers University men’s basketball team was kicked out of the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday, with a large contingent expressing their discontent on social media.

When the 68 teams that did the dance were announced, Rutgers, which owns a 19-14 record on the season (10-10 in conference), was left out despite many believing the selection committee would involve them.

«Rutgers got screwed,» The Ringer’s John Jastremski wrote on Twitter. «I don’t understand how you take 4 Mountain West teams…»

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Paul Mulcahy #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights reacts to a call during the second half of a Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game against the Purdue Boilermakers at the United Center on March 10, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. The Purdue Boilermakers won the game 70-65 over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

The selection committee considers each team’s schedules and, more importantly, the strength of those schedules.

But Kristian Dyer of Rutgers Wire noted that he believed a tournament team picked over Rutgers was a «shockingly bad» decision.

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Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post added a different perspective on the matter.

«I feel bad for the #Rutgers seniors, but this could be the overdue wake-up call the program needs to schedule better in November and December. There are better NJ high school games most nights.» he wrote on Twitter.

Caleb McConnell #22 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights dribbles the ball against Fletcher Loyer #2 of the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half of a Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game at the United Center on March 10, 2023 in Chicago, Ill.

Caleb McConnell #22 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights dribbles the ball against Fletcher Loyer #2 of the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half of a Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game at the United Center on March 10, 2023 in Chicago, Ill. (Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

Rutgers has been able to beat out top talent this season. They defeated one of the No. 1 seeds in the tournament and the winners of the Big Ten Tournament at Purdue, 65-64, on January 2. But they struggled for consistency against others, even losing seven of their last 10 games.

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Rutgers was not the only team rejected by the tournament. Oklahoma State was another that some believed would make it, but fell short in the eyes of the committee. UNC, however, made a bad story after losing the most games of any AP preseason No. 1 seed, also missing the tournament.

Rutgers, however, will accept an invitation to play in the National Invitational Tournament, says head coach Steve Pikiell.

Head coach Steve Pikiell of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights reacts against the Purdue Boilermakers in the first half of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at the United Center on March 10, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.

Head coach Steve Pikiell of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights reacts against the Purdue Boilermakers in the first half of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at the United Center on March 10, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

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«Yes, absolutely,» Pikiell said via NJ.com. «We’re going to try to keep playing. I want Caleb (McConnell) and Paul (Mulcahy) to play as many games (as possible). I don’t want this season to end. This group has really been great and done a lot of great things for us. …Having maybe the opportunity to play a home game here for those guys would be very important and I think in the appropriate way (to end the season) I will not apologize for playing the postseason here at Rutgers Obviously our goal to The beginning of the year is the NCAA Tournament, but we’ll have to change quickly here.»